Bruce Lee is most well known for his captivating on-screen performances complete with chilling animal sounds, flying kicks, and, of course, the famed nunchaku.
Although today’s generations are getting exposure to the Bruce Lee legacy through new TV documentary’s, video games, and MMA, there is a side of the legendary Martial Artist that deserves attention — Jeet Kune Do.
Jeet Kune Do, in many ways embodies the exact opposite of what we see in Lee’s movie action sequences. Its simple, direct, and no-nonsense approach to combat don’t lend themselves to the flashy movements that moviegoers expect.
Yet, when examined closely one can see that Bruce Lee does, in fact take care to showcase much of his Jeet Kune Do methodology. Perhaps the movies containing the most representative Jeet Kune Do sequences are Return of the Dragon and his Hollywood hit, Enter the Dragon.
Some of the techniques we see include his modified trapping, stop hits and stop kicks, elusive footwork, deceptive entries, broken rhythm, half beat timing, and tons more.
Grateful for having the martial arts inspiration from Bruce Lee and for having the opportunity of meeting his family!
It’s important to know how to separate the entertainment based theatrics from the real deal but it’s good to know that much of his JKD is carefully embedded within his movie combat sequences.
The enthusiast looking to start martial arts training and use some of that signature Bruce Lee inspiration, would benefit greatly by searching out a qualified Jeet Kune Do Instructor or a reputable school.